A look at what’s happening around the majors Friday:
SONNY GRAY VS JON GRAY
No Gray area in this pitching matchup Friday — only shades of Gray.
Sonny will take the mound for the Cincinnati Reds in his first visit to Coors Field and first time facing Colorado. Jon will go for the Rockies as both teams return from the All-Star break.
Selected as an NL All-Star, Sonny didn’t get into the game Tuesday as the AL beat the NL 4-3. The right-hander is 5-5 with a 3.59 ERA in 17 starts this season. Jon is 9-6 with a 3.92 ERA spanning 19 appearances, including 18 starts.
BANGED UP CATCHER
The Cardinals placed catcher Yadier Molina on the injured list with a strained right thumb and activated infielder Matt Carpenter as part of a series of roster moves Thursday. St. Louis also brought up left-hander Chasen Shreve from Triple-A Memphis, optioned left-hander Tyler Webb and outfielder Rangel Ravelo to Memphis, and transferred pitcher Jordan Hicks to the 60-day IL update ahead of their series against Arizona beginning Friday night.
STREAKING AND A LOT OF KS
Astros All-Star right-hander Gerritt Cole (9-5) is the AL leader with 170 strikeouts and has won his past five decisions. In his previous start before the All-Star break, Cole threw seven scoreless innings and struck out nine Saturday night in a win over the Los Angeles Angels. His first post-break start comes in the second game of a four-game series against the AL West-rival Rangers. Cole has 29 strikeouts over 16 1/3 innings in three starts this season against Texas, but is 1-2 with a 6.61 ERA in those games. In his eight career starts against the Rangers, he is 4-2 with a 3.72 ERA and 78 strikeouts over 48 1/3 innings.